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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Soul/RockAlabama ShakesSound & Color[ATO]3.5 starsWith “Boys & Girls,” its 2012 debut, Alabama Shakes showed much promise, especially in the form of singer/guitarist Brittany... Read More

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JazzThe Dan Brubeck QuartetLive From the Cellar[Blue Forest Records]∆∆∆∆Buffalo misses Dave Brubeck, who used to come often to our town. It was sad to lose him in December... Read More

Friday, April 17, 2015

RockHalestorm, “Into the Wild Life” (Atlantic). Hard rock and heavy metal have been predominantly male-centric idioms for what feels like forever. There have been exceptions, of course... Read More

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rhythm and BluesDavid SanbornTime and the River[Okeh]2.5 starsGil Evans seems to have understood alto saxophonist David Sanborn better than anyone else.He’s best as a flavoring, not a main... Read More

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rhythm and BluesDavid SanbornTime and the River[Okeh]2.5 stars Gil Evans seems to understood alto saxophonist David Sanborn better than anyone else.He’s best as a flavoring, not a main... Read More

Monday, April 13, 2015

JazzTim Berne’s Snakeoil‘You’ve Been Watching Me”[ECM]½Alto saxophonist Tim Berne has been one of the great lions of the jazz vanguard since... Read More

Sunday, April 12, 2015

ClassicalBach, Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas performed by violinist Gil Shaham (Canary Classics, two discs). Gil Shaham is honest about Bach’s daunting unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas... Read More

Sunday, April 12, 2015

PopTodd Rundgren, “Global” (Esoteric Antenna). Pop artists responsible for a single masterpiece in their career are rare. Artists who’ve managed to craft two or three magnum... Read More

Saturday, April 11, 2015

JazzCharles Lloyd, “Wild Man Dance” (Blue Note). What was implicit in every piece of ecstatic tenor saxophone beseechment and lament from John Coltrane was the ethnic modal music of... Read More

Thursday, April 9, 2015

JazzTim Berne’s SnakeoilYou’ve Been Watching Me[ECM]½Alto saxophonist Tim Berne has been one of the great lions of the jazz vanguard since the recording era... Read More

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